Chicago, your savior has arrived - Justin Fields will start Week 3 for the Bears
Chicago, it's time.
Your savior has arrived.
That's right: On Wednesday, Bears coach Matt Nagy officially announced that Justin Fields will be the Bears' Week 3 starter against the Cleveland Browns.
Per Adam Schefter's Twitter feed, aka, the tweet above, aka Nagy's press conference, the move is to eliminate distractions, but in reality it is the perfect storm of events.
Fields is clearly the future. Nagy's job is clearly on the line. And Andy Dalton clearly isn't healthy.
As a matter of fact, that last one is important - as Nagy said just two days ago that Dalton would be the starter if healthy. But the 33-year-old Dalton left the Bears game Sunday with a knee injury, and it's clear that he won't be 100 percent by Sunday.
At this point, it's hard to know exactly what to expect from Fields, only because Nagy has pretty clearly put the handcuffs on him so far this fall. In the Bears' season opener against the Rams, Fields threw just two passes in special packages, and even last Sunday after entering for Dalton, threw just 13 total passes, completing six of them.
Still, it's no secret what Fields is capable of - when Nagy does loosen the leash a little bit. And you'd think, you know, with Nagy's job on the line, he will in fact do that at some point, especially in a division where there appear to plenty of wins available. Despite Detroit playing hard for Matt Campbell they're clearly limited (as seen with zero second half points against the Packers on Monday night), while Minnesota is a mess with Mike Zimmer on the hot seat. Even the Packers don't look invincible in what appears to be Aaron Rodgers' last dance in Green Bay.
So now, it's all on Fields, and it won't be easy.
The Bears next five games: at Cleveland, Detroit, at Las Vegas, Green Bay, at Tampa.
Enjoy some Fields highlights below - of him throwing the ball all over the field in college.
Bears fans are hoping they see some of that on Sunday in Cleveland.